Nectarine & Blueberry Pies, Two Ways to Please Your Crowd!

Need a party theme? Allow me to introduce you to Amy Murphy of Parties, Petals, and Paper who has taught (and continues to teach) this Sweet Nerd a thing or two about hosting.  Her style is all about mixing and matching, a blend of urban denim with pops of purple and vibrant berries to make this summer theme shine in all its glory.  For this backyard gathering I baked up some nectarine blueberry pies.  As you’ll see, Amy contrasts the food details perfectly with plates, napkins, linens, and florals.

Nectarine Blueberry PiesThis is Amy!  She is the brains behind this operation.  This gal knows how to put it all together.  With a great smile and a lovely spirit, it’s no wonder she’s a master at crafting parties.  Putting a twist on this urban theme and feminizing it with unique florals and contrasting patterns is her specialty.

Amy Murphy sets a beautiful table

Wowsy on the petals!  These gorgeous blossom selections includes Allum (aka ball flower), Lisianthus, Scabiosas, and Hydrangeas.  Don’t ask me which is which, but I know the furball below is called Allum.  I  this one!

For colors, we focused on deep blues and purples with shimmering silver, gold, and white to balance this urban chic arrangement.  Karlos Marquez and Joe PrimeK2S mashed up a “street art” runner to give our table setting more of a Graffiti & Grace aesthetic.  Prime’s font style is unmistakable and the metallic silver sings its artistic ‘story’ with every stroke.

Nectarine Blueberry PiesNow…on to the food!

For this party, I created two nectarine blueberry pies from one recipe. Sneaky, I know. When you’re expecting a crowd of 10-12, it’s hard to celebrate with only one pie.  But equally challenging is creating two pies for one sitting.  I opted to keep one pie open-faced and the other with a peek-a-boo crust.  Genius, right?  It’s like killing two birds with one sweet stone. And the topping of vanilla whipped cream makes all of life’s worries disappear in an instant.

Nectarine Blueberry Pies with Amy Murphy

Oh why, oh why am I such a Sweet Nerd?  (Don’t answer that!) Let’s get on with making these twin pies, ok?  Start with an easy fruit compilation.  Dig in and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty as you give all the ingredients a gentle mix.

As for the dough, the open face pie (single crust) is easy.  Roll out the dough (baking tip: sprinkle the surface of the dough lightly with flour as you’re rolling), lay the dough into a pie dish, trim (about an extra 1″ overhang), then tuck under.  Fill the pie dish with the fruit filling mixture.  Set the pie in the fridge for 30 minutes.  And lastly, give the edges an easy egg wash-n-sugar sprinkling, then bake.

For the double pie, do the same as the single crust, but don’t tuck it in yet.  Just let it overhang until you place the top pie crust.  The top pie crust gets some fun decorating.  Be creative for your peek-a-boo pie by using either circles, geometric shapes, or heart cookie cutters.  If the crust starts to get too soft, then plop it in fridge for 10 minutes and it will help stiffen the dough.  Once you make your cut-outs, lay the top peek-a-boo layer on top of the nectarine blueberry filling and trim (about an extra 1″ overhang). Then pinch both crusts together slightly and tuck.

Almost there!  Pop it back into the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to help set the pie, brush egg wash on the top, then sprinkle with demerara sugar and bake.Nectarine Blueberry Pies

Bake the pie for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown on top. You’ll be in awe when you see this wonderful fruit bake bubble. Once it’s ready to come out of the oven, immediately brush the fruit with apricot jam to get that shimmer and shine.  And…voila!

Take these nectarine blueberry beauties table side and do your cutting.  It’s really as easy as pie! (OK, maybe not at first, but once you get the hang of working with pie dough, it will be a breeze, I promise.)

Credits: Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book Modified Recipe

Tablescape Designer: Amy Murphy, Parties, Petals, And Paper

Runner Designer: Prime Reza & Karlos Marquez

Plate Wear: Anthropology

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Nectarine Blueberry Pie

By TheSweetNerd  

August 25, 2016

Ingredients

Filling

1 pound nectarines (about 3 cups), sliced more if needed

2 cups blueberries, more if needed

grated lemon zest

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/8 cup light brown sugar (more if nectarines are tart)

1/8 teaspoon ground all spice

pinch ground cloves

1 1/2 Tablespoons ground arrowroot

kosher salt

dash angostura bitter

egg wash (1 large egg with 1 teaspoon water and pinch salt)

Demerara sugar, for finishing

Pie

Double Crust Pie

2 ½ cups flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 Tablespoon sugar

½ pound cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ pieces

1 cup cold water

¼ cup cider vinegar

1 cup ice

Directions

1Filling: Combine the fruit, lemon zest and juice, allspice, salt and bitters in a large bowl and stir gently. Pour the filling into the pie shell.

2Crust: Stir the flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the cut chilled butter pieces and coat with the flour mixture using a bench scraper or spatula. With a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea size pieces of butter remain (a few larger pieces are okay; be careful not to overblend). Combine the water, cider vinegar, and ice in a large measuring cup or small bowl. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture and mix and cut it in with a bench scraper or spatula until it is well incorporated. Add more of the water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time using the bench scraper or your hands (or both) to mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining. Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more small drops of the ice water mixture, if necessary to combine. Shape the dough into 2 flat discs, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight, to give the crust time to mellow.

3Shape: For a single crusted pie, use one disc, roll out, and place gently in your pie dish. Trim and leave about 1" overhang of dough. Tuck this dough under and pinch to seal. Add filling. For a double crust with peek-a-boo top crust, use one disc for bottom layer where you roll out and place gently in your pie dish. Cut to 1" overhang. Add filling. Roll and cut out shapes on 2nd pie disc. Gently lay on top of fruit layer. Trim and leave about a 1" over hang of dough. Pinch both top and bottom layers together and tuck and fold along rim.

4Chill the pies in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes (or up to one hour) to set the pastry. Preheat oven to 425F.

5Wash: Brush the pastry with the egg wash to coat; be careful not to drip the fruit onto the dough or it will burn! Sprinkle with the desired amount of demerara sugar.

6Bake: Place the pie on the rimmed baking sheet on the lowest rack of the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is set and beginning to brown. Lower the oven temperature to 375F, and move the pie to the center oven rack, and continue to bake until the pastry dough is a deep golden brown and all the juices are bubbling throughout, 30-35 minutes longer.

7Cool: Allow to completely cool on wire rack, 2-3 hours. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. The pie will keep refrigerated for 3 days or at room temperature.

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